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Step back in time and get lost in another era in picturesque Castletownshend, a quaint village with high walled gardens and an air of quiet reserve and unrivalled views of Castlehaven Harbour.


Attractive Castleltownsend is a gorgeous seaside village developed around a castle built in the mid 1600’s by the Townshends, still the seat of the family today. A ramble down the steeply inclined main street will reward you with sweeping views of the castle, the quayside and the harbour with the Stags Rocks visible on the horizon. The harbour is a hub for angling, marine tours and whale and dolphin watching trips and its rich marine tradition is celebrated every year with the Maritime Week Festival.

When in Castletownshend step into the peace and tranquillity of St. Barrahane’s Church with its beautiful Harry Clarke stained glass windows. The Church plays host to the annual St. Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music in July and August. The village also has strong associations with the authors Sommerville and Ross who are buried in the graveyard of the Church grounds. Drishane House on the Sandycove Road was the family home of Edith Sommerville and is now a magical 18th century house and museum, with 18 acres of beautiful gardens and woods.

The Warren Gallery features a number of inspiring exhibitions during the year. Explore the area’s archaeological past at Knockdrum Fort, 2km on the Skibbereen side of the village.

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